\ ˈpäl How to pronounce pol (audio) \

Definition of pol

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Examples of pol in a Sentence

Noun Many of the city's residents have criticized local pols for their decision to close the public library.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second ethic is associated with the realist, who codes as a savvy pol and cares about results. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "The Professor and the Politician," 12 Nov. 2020 Some retired pol who was old of age but still mentally agile and tired of running. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Whom should Newsom choose as Kamala Harris’ successor? Himself, Willie Brown says," 23 Nov. 2020 Throw in a pandemic that prevented Biden, an old-fashioned, hand-shaking pol, from running a traditional presidential campaign. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "There Will Be No Emphatic Rejection of Trump," 3 Nov. 2020 Jason’s most recent column concerned a suggestion by some local pol that a knight in private-citizen armor buy Paul Brown Stadium. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Mask defiance isn't bringing college football back on Saturdays," 9 July 2020 Haley, who served as the Ambassador to the United Nations, is a self-promoting pol who sucked up to Trump’s family. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "John Bolton’s Epic Score-Settling," 18 June 2020 The largest crowd by far hadn’t gathered around one of the prominent national pols who’d addressed the audience. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Making of the Iowa Caucuses: 20 Minutes That Changed History," 7 Feb. 2020 Ukrainian politicians are like Democratic pols from Chicago and Trenton. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: If Democrats want the truth, they’ll demand an investigation into Joe Biden’s Ukrainian ties too," 27 Sep. 2019 Many other pols are poised to speak at the party confab, the state party said. BostonGlobe.com, "he is considering waging against Senator Edward J. Markey.," 13 Sep. 2019

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circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Pol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pol. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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